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Thomas and Benjamin Lewis

I have a question to ask:

I have an ancestor by the name of Thomas Lewis, who is alleged to be a descendant of Edward Lewis of Tidewater fame. I've been trying to hunt down the origin of his son's wife and Thomas-Thomas'son married Matilda Lewis, of Wayne, possibly KY or WV. Trouble is, Wayne WV was not known by that until much later.

It's been suggested that since Thomas claimed during several census to be from Punta delgada in the Azores, portugal, that he actually freed his biological half-brother Benjamin, listed as a slave for Edward's household in 1790. That would cover for his swarthy appearance and the family's move to Ky. So my question is: anyone have information on Benjamin Lewis of Pike, not being the same as Benjamin of Barren/Wayne, or way of finding if he was indeed a freed slave from VA? He's not listed as freed in the will. I'd like an addy (snail) if anyone has it for freed slaves for Va for 1807 or before.
Anyone know of these two, who claimed to be brothers, if they are brothers by the same Father or else brothers as in cousins, thru the other Lewises who came thru William the third in Wilkes? If Benjamin was a mulatto freed slave? BTW, Edward and his brothers were responsible for stopping slavery's abolition in Va in 1790 (partially, they signed the petition) so I think this would be a really interesting story if it's true. anyone know of a way to tell? Thomas stated later he was from Va, in 1850 when his brother died (no reason to exagerrate then), so is there a way to find out?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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